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More detail to be provided if referendum goes back on ballot

What's next for Monticello school facilities?

More detail.

That seemed to be the consensus of school board members Wednesday in their first meeting since voters turned down a ballot question to build a new high school.


Piatt County maps now online

Piatt County’s plat map has officially gone digital.


Volunteers needed for Monticello Fighting Hunger

Monticello Fighting Hunger needs 450 volunteers for a food packaging event to be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at Monticello Middle School.

Individuals or groups wishing to volunteer can do so by going online to http://www.cityofmonticello.net and clicking on the ‘Monticello Fighting Hunger’ link.


Monticello earns another suburb honor

Monticello was recently ranked 43rd on a list of the top suburbs in America, but it ranked even higher when the same online publication figured out what it felt were the suburbs with the best value.

Topping the list was Peoria-area suburb Morton, and Monticello came in 21st, according to Business Insider, a business and technology news website.


Bement schools look to improve test scores

Bement School Superintendent Sheila Greenwood told the school board on Nov. 12 that improving Elementary ISAT test scores is something she and other teachers are working on.

Greenwood said she is not pleased with the test scores over the past several years. Meetings to improve the curriculum have already begun.


Liquor license re-issued in Bement

A Bement watering hole that was closed abruptly the weekend of Nov. 1-2 will reopen its doors after receiving approval of a renewed liquor license from the village board.


Polar Express is underway

When the train started to chug away from the Wabash Depot, snowflakes slowly started to fall from the cold and brisk November sky.

Train cars filled with parents and children, dressed in their favorite winter pajamas, quickly forgot they were in Monticello and started to head to the North Pole.


Haworth is Citizen of the Year

Bill Haworth has traveled the world as a flight attendant. He’s been from Mumbai to Shanghai, and most points in between.

With that kind of resume, you would think it would be difficult for the Monticello business owner to pin down his most preferred destination. But his answer is always the same when he is asked where he would most like to go.


City, county pursuing Brownfields grant

The City of Monticello and Piatt County will be partnering with Champaign and Douglas counties in an effort to receive a Brownfields Assessment Grant.  The Brownfields program is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and provides funding for the assessment and cleanup of sites with potentially hazardous materials in an effort to improve economic


Veterans Day services held in the county

Crowds lined the south side of the downtown square in Monticello to honor veterans at the annual Piatt County Veterans day service and parade on a chilly evening Nov. 11. And the fact that hundreds of onlookers would gather in frigid conditions for that purpose helps send a message to the world, according to DeLand American Legion Commander Marty Conatser.


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